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nDalem Gamelan

Immersed in history and culture

18 Jalan Gamelan, Kraton, Yogyakarta T: (0274) 378 721 (0878) 3939 7947

nDalem Gamelan

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For travellers who like to immerse themselves totally in the history and culture of a place when they travel, staying at nDalem Gamelan is a perfect choice.

This wonderful historic small guesthouse sits within the exclusive Jero Benteng area, within the walls of the Kraton (Sultan’s Palace) fort. Historically only families who work in the Kraton had the privilege of living in this area, however things are a little different today, which means you can be one of the privileged.

Easy to miss!

Easy to miss! Photo: Sally Arnold

NDalem is a Javanese term used for the house of the aristocracy, and this home certainly feels aristocratic. More like staying in a museum than a hotel, most of the furniture and decoration is original with beautiful patterned cement tiles, carved wooden detailing and chandeliers in the shared living spaces.

NDalem Gamelan offer three (but sometimes five) rooms, two doubles in the main house, and a family room with two double beds in a separate pavilion facing the garden behind. The two other smaller rooms off the dining room suffer from a lot of traffic noise, so are only sold when guests can’t bear to leave, and new guests are checking into the other rooms.

Air-con rooms are simple and small, designed just for sleeping or a bit of TV watching, but are bright and airy, and beds are very comfortable. Ensuite bathrooms are basic, but are spotlessly clean and have hot-water showers, although the tiny washbasins don’t offer a lot of space for your lotions and potions. Breakfast is included, and we’re told it’s a treat, and other meals can be arrange on request. The fabulous dining room with seating for eight would be excellent for a special dinner party.

We kept expecting a prime minister or president to appear. No luck!

We kept expecting a prime minister or president to appear. No luck! Photo: Sally Arnold

Your host is incredibly friendly and welcoming and offers good insider information. If you’d like live out your royal fantasies and explore the area in the style of the sultans, nDalem Gamelan have a carriage and can hitch up a couple of horses for your exclusive pleasure (Your Majesty).

Although it is well marked, nDalem Gamelan isn’t initially easily noticed from the street, as it looks like a regular cottage. Check online for discounts. While NDalem Gamelan offers wonderful personal service, if you’d prefer more hotel-style comfort in a historic setting, The Phoenix Hotel is pricer but oozes grand old-style luxury.

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Walk-in rates at nDalem Gamelan

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
550,000 rupiah
550,000 rupiah
Superior double room
700,000 rupiah
700,000 rupiah
Family room
1,000,000 rupiah
1,000,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 550,000 rupiah, high season 550,000 rupiah. Notes: Noisy.
Room: Superior double room, low season: 700,000 rupiah, high season 700,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Family room, low season: 1,000,000 rupiah, high season 1,000,000 rupiah. Notes:

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Where is nDalem Gamelan

nDalem Gamelan
18 Jalan Gamelan, Kraton, Yogyakarta
T: (0274) 378 721 (0878) 3939 7947
Coordinates (for GPS): 110º21'58.44" E, 7º48'36.61" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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